The most beautiful streets in the world

The most eye-catching streets in the world
Top 15
1. Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto, Japan
2. Rue Principale, Rocamadour, France
3. Via Baldassarre Galuppi, Burano, Italy
4. Herbert Baker Street, Pretoria, South Africa
5. Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA
6. Circus Lane, Edinburgh, Scotland
7. The Circus, Bath, England
8. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, England
9. Lijnbaansgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10. Orchard Road, Singapore
11. Bourbon Street, New Orleans, USA
12. Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany
13. Quechua Street, Cusco Province, Peru
14. Rua do Bom Jesus, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
15. Vicars' Close, Wells, UK
Eye-Catching Streets?
Methodology
Eye-tracking software
The final ranking
The most eye-catching streets in the world

The UK-based real estate company GetAgent recently published a ranking of 'The Most Eye-Catching Streets In The World.' There are some stunning places among them.

Top 15

The most beautiful streets, compiled in a Top 15, include roads in Japan, Singapore, The Netherlands, the United States, and the UK. Let's take a look at the most beautiful streets in the world.

1. Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto, Japan

This is a stone footpath, lined with cherry trees, between the temples of Ginkaku-Ji and Nanzen-Ji in Kyoto. It is named after two 20th-century Japanese philosophers at Kyoto University, Hajime Tanabe and Nishida Kitaro, who reportedly used this route for their daily exercise.

2. Rue Principale, Rocamadour, France

This picturesque street is located in the French Dordogne region. Thanks to its location on a cliff, its numerous monuments, and its sanctuaries, Rocamadour is a town that draws many artists and pilgrims. The Rue Principale attracts more than a million visitors per year.

3. Via Baldassarre Galuppi, Burano, Italy

Located on the Venetian island of Burano, this colorful street is filled with restaurants and shops.

4. Herbert Baker Street, Pretoria, South Africa

Surrounded by hundreds of white and purple Jacaranda trees between September and November, this street is a beautiful site for a selfie.

5. Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA

Located between Russian Hill and Hyde Street, Lombard has a specific stretch where the roadway is making eight turns, giving it the title of the most sinuous street in the United States. The whole idea of making it so curvy originates from 1922, when Carl Henry wanted to reduce the 27% slope of the street and make it possible for 1920s' cars to traverse it.

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6. Circus Lane, Edinburgh, Scotland

It's one of the most beautiful and photogenic places in Edinburgh. It is characterised by cobblestone houses with coloured doors, adorned with dozens of flowers and plants.

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7. The Circus, Bath, England

This particular street is characterised by a ring with 3 entrances of equal length and a garden in the center. It is an impressive street worth visiting and taking photos of.

8. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, England

Located on a hillside, this street is a favorite for tourists to take photos of its views. Providing one of the most romantic views in England, the street has been used in several films and TV commercials.

9. Lijnbaansgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This narrow street runs along the canal and is surrounded by Amsterdam's characteristic buildings. It owes its name to the ropeways ("lijnbanen") of the rope-makers who were located in this part of the old city center.

10. Orchard Road, Singapore

This street is a real paradise (approx. 2.2 km/ 1,36702 miles) for those who love shopping and lights. It has discount and department stores, exclusive boutiques, and luxury hotels.

11. Bourbon Street, New Orleans, USA

One of the oldest streets in America, Bourbon Street dates back to 1718 when it was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. It's known as a street for parties and music. Illuminated by neon lights, it is one of the most visited streets in the U.S. In 2017 alone, some 17 million people walked through it.

12. Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany

Definitely a must-see street. It is lined with a large number of cherry trees, which makes it world famous. When the cherry blossoms are in bloom, an amazing photo is guaranteed.

13. Quechua Street, Cusco Province, Peru

Many of the streets made by the Incas are still standing after hundreds of years. One of their characteristics are the constructions with neatly fitting Inca stones. Apart from the street itself, the native Quechua Indians with their traditional costumes, speaking their ancient language, are a real wonder to see.

14. Rua do Bom Jesus, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Considered the oldest street in Recife, this Rua do Bom Jesus was nicknamed 'Street of the Jews' after the Jewish immigration into Brazil during the Second World War. What makes the street also special is its colorful and Dutch-influenced architecture.

15. Vicars' Close, Wells, UK

A beautiful medieval street located near the Cathedral, Vicars' Close is said to be the oldest residential street in Europe that has its original buildings intact. It is 140 meters (459,318 ft) long and built of rectangular quarried stone.

Eye-Catching Streets?

You may wonder: why isn't my favorite street in this list? And how did the GetAgent portal decide which streets were the "Most Eye-Catching in the the World?"

Methodology

First, they compiled a list of 50 streets in the world. Then, a sample of 40 participants was shown a set of images of these streets.

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Eye-tracking software

Through eye-tracking software, researchers then recorded the number of times the participants looked at each image, as well as the duration of their gaze.

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The final ranking

Finally, the average of time spent fixated on the images was used to classify each street according to its "attractiveness." So, quite literally, the winning streets were indeed the most eye-catching.

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